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Using Excel to create multiple Folders with subfolders

Hi all

One of my users has requested that I create a new directory for them, the directory will consist of one parent Folder with mulitple subfolders, these subfolders will then also have subfolders.
The user was kind even to send a list of all folders needed to me on a Excel spreadsheet.

The problem is, this directory consists of over 300 folders, each with its own unique name adn as you can imagine, it will take rather long to create.

Is there a way to do this via a formula?

e.g.

Column A contains the command mkdir, column B contains the first folder to be created and column the second folder and so on. Thus far I have been able to use a "formula" to create the first folder, the formula looks as follows: =A3 & B3 the out put of this was: mkdir Folder 1
Cell A contained the command mkdir and cell B contained the name of the first folder... Folder 1.

How can I expand on this to create all required subfolders and their subfolders?

Thanks in advance
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DJMohr
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:

Function ExtractFilePath(ByVal S As String) As String
    Dim i As Long

    i = InStrRev(S, "\")
    If i = 0 Then
        i = InStrRev(S, ":")
    End If

    ExtractFilePath = Left(S, i)
End Function
''
Function ForceMkDir(ByVal S As String) As Boolean
    ForceMkDir = False
    If Mid(S, Len(S), 1) = "\" Then
        S = Left(S, Len(S) - 1)
    End If

    If (Len(S) < 3) Or FolderExists(S) Or (ExtractFilePath(S) = S) Then
        Exit Function
    End If

    ForceMkDir ExtractFilePath(S)
    MkDir S
    ForceMkDir = True
End Function

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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
Ok, how and where would i use this?
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
Create the full path in a cell eg in A5 then use "=ForceMkDir(A5)"

If you post the file it would be easier to help you....
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
by full path I mean "C:\Folder1\Folder2"
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
Push Alt + F11
Add the code into a standard module
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
ooops
I left out 2 functions this needs
Here are all functions
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
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Function ForceMkDir(ByVal S As String) As Boolean
    ForceMkDir = False
    If Mid(S, Len(S), 1) = "\" Then
        S = Left(S, Len(S) - 1)
    End If

    If (Len(S) < 3) Or FolderExists(S) Or (ExtractFilePath(S) = S) Then
        Exit Function
    End If

    ForceMkDir ExtractFilePath(S)
    MkDir S
    ForceMkDir = True
End Function



Function ExtractFilePath(ByVal S As String) As String
    Dim i As Long

    i = InStrRev(S, "\")
    If i = 0 Then
        i = InStrRev(S, ":")
    End If

    ExtractFilePath = Left(S, i)
End Function
''

Function SF_InstrRev(ByVal Haystack As String, ByVal Needle As String) As Long
    'find the last occurence of needle in haystack (the VB instr function finds the first occurence)
    'SF_InstrRev("   This is   my string   ","i") = 20
    Dim i As Long, J As Long
    i = InStr(1, Haystack, Needle, vbBinaryCompare)
    If SF_isNothing(Needle) Then
        SF_InstrRev = 0
    Else
        If i = 0 Then
            SF_InstrRev = 0
        Else
            If StrComp(Needle, Haystack, vbBinaryCompare) = 0 Then
                SF_InstrRev = 1
            Else
                For J = Len(Haystack) To 1 Step -1
                    i = InStr(J, Haystack, Needle, vbBinaryCompare)
                    If i > 0 Then
                        SF_InstrRev = i
                        Exit Function
                    End If
                Next J
            End If
        End If
    End If
End Function

Function SF_isNothing(ByVal Haystack As String) As Boolean
    'check if there is anything in a string (to avoid testing for
    'isnull, isempty, and zero-length strings)
    'SF_isNothing("   This is   my string   ") returns False
    If Haystack & "" = "" Then
        SF_isNothing = True
    Else
        SF_isNothing = False
    End If
End Function

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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
LOL
Ignore that -It doesnt use those 2 extra functions
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
How did you go?
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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
Sorry man, been bit busy.

So just to recap, In cell A5 I create the full UNC path: c:/Folder1/Folder2...
then I do something with the code you provided...
Do I create a batch file and run it?
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
Post your book
Will set it up
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
No Batch
just set up the sheet and when it calculates it sets up
Or you can create a macro to do it

Post the sheet with the folders
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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
Ok
Here tis

I have only set up the first 33 in the electrical one as I dont want to rob you of all that fun
:-)

I would add your other sheets to this workbook

Be careful as its very powerful and you can make a big messy nest of folders

I would delete any folders made during testing and recreate teh lot once you are happy

Enjoy
Create-Folders.xls
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sir plusSales ManagementCommented:
nb
I left this file as automatic calculation but you could easily change it to manual calculation to make it more controlled
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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
Thanks man
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